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v. in·sin·u·at·ed, in·sin·u·at·ing, in·sin·u·ates
1. To express or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) in an indirect or insidious way. See Synonyms at suggest.
a. To maneuver or insert (oneself) into a place: "One of the boys insinuated himself next to me and squeezed my hand" (Caroline Preston).
b. To cause (oneself) to be involved or accepted by subtle and artful means: insinuated himself into court intrigues; insinuated herself into my good graces.
To make insinuations.
[Latin īnsinuāre, īnsinuāt- : in-, in; see in-2 + sinuāre, to curve (from sinus, curve).]
in·sin′u·a·tor′y (-yo͞o-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
1. (may take a clause as object) to suggest by indirect allusion, hints, innuendo, etc
2. (tr) to introduce subtly or deviously
3. (tr) to cause (someone, esp oneself) to be accepted by gradual approaches or manoeuvres
[C16: from Latin insinuāre to wind one's way into, from in-2 + sinus curve]
inˈsinuative, inˈsinuatory adj
v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to suggest or hint slyly: He insinuated that they were lying.
2. to instill or infuse subtly or artfully, as into the mind: to insinuate doubt.
3. to bring or introduce into a position or relation by indirect or artful methods: to insinuate oneself into favor.v.i.
4. to make insinuations.
in•sin′u•a`tive (-ˈsɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -yu ə-) in•sin′u•a•to`ry (-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
syn: See hint.
Past participle: insinuated
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|Verb||1.||insinuate - introduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; "He insinuated himself into the conversation of the people at the nearby table"|
|2.||insinuate - give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"|
(= hint, suggest) → andeuten (sth to sb etw jdm gegenüber); what are you insinuating? → was wollen Sie damit sagen?; are you insinuating that I am lying? → willst du damit sagen, dass ich lüge?